AP Studio Art Sample Student Portfolios

AP Studio Art Sample Student Portfolios

2015 Student 2, 2-D Design: Concentration

Concentration Statement

My concentration focuses on the patterns and designs that can be found in the various aspects of nature. Although nature itself seems chaotic and out of control, when you take a closer look and simplify things you can find repetition and pattern anywhere. This simplification of nature is what I attempted to capture in my concentration.

When I began my concentration, I initially tried to create rigid structures and patterns in my pieces through the use of sharp lines and geometric shapes to highlight the idea of nature being comprised of patterns and identifiable shapes. This is how I tried to convey my concentration in images 2 and 7. It’s obvious that these two pieces are somewhat different from the majority of my other pieces. Image 2 is almost totally comprised of geometric shapes, even the bees are stylized. Similar to 2, 7 has a rigid repetitive, pattern but additionally this piece contrasts a graphic pattern with the free form, loose background.

Next I took a different approach to seeing patterns in nature and instead of contrasting them, I decided to “zoom” in to see patterns from up close. In pieces 4, 10 and 12 the whole composition is taken up by the pattern I was recreating to the point where it’s difficult to identify what exactly it is a painting of.

Then I wondered about no matter what form something from nature takes, it is likely it forms and pattern so instead of majorly simplifying, or zooming in, I painted things as I saw them. This concept is demonstrated in images 1, 3, 8, 9 and 11. They images are all somewhat simplified, but still identifiable.

AP Portfolio Score:


Rationale for Score

In this concentration, the student has created a series of works focusing “on the patterns and designs that can be found in the various aspects of nature.”

In this concentration section:

  • The concentration topic and the work presented are closely related.
  • Some clear decision making and discovery are evident in the investigation of the concentration. (images 3, 4, 10, and 11)
  • Although the work is inconsistent (images 6, 7, 8, and 9), the overall understanding and application of 2-D design principles are good (images 3, 4, 10, and 11).
  • Some transformation is noticeable; some growth is evident (image 11), although some of the work is repetitive.
  • The work demonstrates good technical competence and use of materials and media; technical aspects and articulation of ideas do not always work together. (images 5, 6, and 8).